The Bulldogs utilized a lethal rushing attack and a swarming defense to stuff the Lions 23-6 at the Bowl on Saturday.
The defensive line and linebackers punished Columbia’s offense all day. Defensive Coordinator Sean McGowan used creative blitzes to constantly bring pressure against Anders Hill. Hill was a beaten and battered man by the end of the game. Even after scoring a touchdown following a rough goal line series, one could tell from Hill’s body language that he looked defeated. Oplinger added 1.5 sacks to his season total, Callender notched one sack and Roman was credited with half a sack. The interior defensive linemen were the unsung heroes of the game as they ran stunts to perfection to free up the ends and linebackers. Rymiszewski did not play, but the youngsters Henson, Dixon and Alburg stepped up to fill the void. The defensive backfield did not have their best performance of the season with receivers beating us deep and numerous pass interference penalties. Columbia simply could not capitalize on the mistakes made in the secondary to keep the game close.
The offensive line of Strother, Marback, Eiselen, Huizenga, and Bezney bulldozed the Columbia front seven leading to 251 rushing yards on the day. Dudek rushed 25 times for 173 yards, Salter rushed 12 times for 60 yards and Rawlings added another 16 yards. Dudek made Columbia’s safeties and linebackers look silly in the open field. Salter appeared to go down with an arm or shoulder injury in the fourth quarter after being driven into the turf. Williams-Lopez and Dudek led the team in receiving yards with 60 yards and 45 yards respectively. Rawlings managed the game to perfection, but his throws were off for most of the contest in the strong wind present at the Bowl. Rawlings finished just 10/27 for 127 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The interception was an underthrown ball to Graham who had a step on the defender. The receiving corps aside from Williams-Lopez did not have a strong game as they ran sloppy routes and dropped passes.
Andrew Johnson made another terrific call on the fake field goal and did his best Tim Tebow impersonation to rush up field and deliver a perfect touchdown pass to Graham. The two blocked field goals were ugly and kick coverage still remains shaky.
Yale has a short week to prepare for the Friday night contest versus the Brown Bears on NBCSN at 8 PM ET.